Doubling Down?

12-30-2011 (Graham Lucas)

Amidst the many rumors spiraling through cyberspace regarding Phish’s 2012 touring plans, two have taken hold and seem to have some legs. Coincidentally, the two stands that seem to be materializing are located in each coast’s gambling mecca—Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Each of the rumors have been semi-corroborated by a Las Vegas newspaper reporter and Atlantic City’s mayor, giving them a bit more substance than your everyday Internet hearsay. Since both are seeming somewhat likely at this point in time, let’s take a closer look at the buzz.


LAS VEGAS: March 30 – April 1 ??

Vegas, Baby?

Phish only played on April Fool’s Day in their early years, the last time coming in Portland, Oregon in 1993. If this strongly rumored run goes down, this would mark the first time in 19 years that the band would perform on this made-for-Phish, prankster holiday. Just yesterday, Las Vegas Sun columnist, J. Patrick Coolican tweeted, “Phish fans: Source sez negotiations for a 2/3 nite VEGAS run APRIL FOOLS DAY have taken new intensity. 80-20 likely, sez source.” This tweet aligns with what I have been hearing from multiple sources, thus a return to the Thomas and Mack Center seems like a distinct possibility.

While I am always down for Vegas Phish, the timing on this stand seems a bit quirky. Mike is playing with his solo band at Jam in the Dam in mid-March and then playing another date in London on March 18. Trey will be focused on his symphony tour until March 10th. These two factors alone, regardless of what Page and Fish are doing during, would preclude much practice time before the first show on March 30th. Could they pull it off with but a ten-day buffer? Of course. Might the run turnout straightforward and contained as a result of the time crunch? Quite Possibly. It seems like latter-day Phish benefits from practice even more so than in previous eras, as their lives are diversified more than ever. These Vegas shows would be just the 5th, 6th, and 7th,performances since Labor Day 2010, and practice would seem more necessary than usual. We shall see what develops.


ATLANTIC CITY: June 15 – 17 ??

Atlantic City

While Phish headlining at Bonnaroo is another rumor that has been circulating with strength, this three-day Atlantic City run would represent a Phish-only “festival” at Bader Field. Atlantic City’s City Council has already approved festivals for June 15-17 and June 24-25, and the mayor alluded to the former being a “jam band” festival that is expected to attract 30,000 fans. With Starr-Hill, Coran Capshaw’s sister company of Red Light Management, slated to throw these events (the other of which, allegedly, features a “rock band”) it is but a forgone conclusion that Phish will play these dates. Further confirmation comes in the fact that that the Dave Matthews Band, who brought their Caravan tour to Bader Field last summer, will not be returning for either of these dates. Many fans have taken all of this info, put one and one together, and booked hotel rooms for this weekend.

This run could conceivably come at the end of a short run in May and June (with Bethel rumored for Memorial Day weekend) and, if so, AC would be a great place to end a tour. As I discussed last week, three-night stands were Phish’s bread and butter last year, and another trifecta in AC—like Halloween 2010—seems like a great time for all. With all hotels in close proximity to each other, the post-music part of this “festival” would take place in the casinos and hotels up and down The Boardwalk rather than in campgrounds and RVs—a different mid-summer twist. And if you poll the fan base, I think you’ll find few fans who didn’t have a blast in Atlantic City last time around, so here’s to hoping this one comes to fruition!


Jam of the Day:

Help -> Slip -> Bag” 4.1.86 II

In honor of a possible April Fool’s Day show, here was how Phish opened up their second set of 4/1/86’s “Festival of Fools” at Hunt’s in Burlington—the classic “Help -> Slip -> Bag.”

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396 Responses to “Doubling Down?”

  1. butter Says:

    @dog – if your power doesnt flicker or shut off ofter, you should be fine with a ‘surge protector power strip’

  2. rivertrance Says:

    no dog just meant the denon is key

    your amp wattage isn’t as important as how “clean” the power is

    some people just assume wattage is wattage. I was just hinting that goin for a good amp is def the key starting point.

  3. dognamedwilson Says:

    Got it, thanks Butter & AW

  4. butter Says:

    this Grant Green is tasty

  5. Gavinsdad Says:

    Way behind the times on audio. My old stuff is just for listening to vinyl and I wanted my kids to learn how to use the turntable.

    My digi music is housed on the iMac and stereamed to the AirPlay speakers like I mentioned about a month ago.

  6. butter Says:

    the airplay still working smooth for ya GD?

  7. rivertrance Says:

    I’d love to go all in wall Butter. that’s so slick.

    for the in walls I dig though and to need the cash to do the whole room probably going to have to hold off till I cross that 1% threshold

    maybe next year

  8. angryjoggerz Says:

    I really like my Parasound amp and pre amps, but barely use them these days (stereo is sort of hard to access – away from grabby kid hands)

  9. Gavinsdad Says:

    Honestly @butter it’s not flawless. But it’s fun and convenient and a big step up from iPod docks and I’m good with it. Hindsight: would like to have afforded more powerful airplay speeks.

  10. rivertrance Says:

    Parasound amps are pimpy

  11. angryjoggerz Says:

    Parasound amps and Paradigm speakers. Had a friend working at Midwest Audio who got me the good hookup 12 years ago and they still sound good as gold. I am thinking of upgrading all of my wires, though, because those go bunk over time.

  12. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Loving the Jerry video.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    You Enjoy My Stout

    Weekapaug Gruit

    hetty brews, brah

    and only about a half mile from where greensky is playing friday night…

  14. dusty Says:

    Those panamax units look cute. UL1449 listing is what your looking for, with the clamping voltage 300 or lower and dissipation 1000+ joules. Butter, I’d suggest looking into suppression at your panel if your rural, own and upgrade someday. I’ve been doing gas genny flipper installs on houses that are sweet. Panel suppression, UPS’s for key equipment that can’t stop or needs to be shutdown before the flip to gas. Beats the hell out of cranking up all my gas gennys and running cables.

  15. butter Says:

    yea dusty, the back up Gen with automatic transfer box. slick set up.

    fortunately, the power doesnt stay off for long here as im close to a hwy and town – so they fix it quick

    have a friend who is off for 7-14 days at a time only 15 minutes from here as he is the last pole on the power line. he installed one of those, runs on propane. turns on after the power is off for 1 minute.

    just go wook down at his house if it gets nasty 😉

  16. dorn76 Says:

    Big time home audio envy going on for this guy.

    Need to hatch some plans for a 2012 upgrade. Hadn’t heard of parasound..ooohhh

  17. butter Says:

    i have Panamax M5400-PM

  18. butter Says:

    my next step is solar, my house is a great canidate

    not going to build a system that ties in and gets rebates with the power company

    want my own independent system. will require large battery banks

    do we have a heady soloar designer around here bb?

  19. dognamedwilson Says:

    @the Redhead Deadhead:

  20. angryjoggerz Says:,0,4422048.story

    Grab those drops quick, kids… Mediafire sure to be next

  21. RoosterPizza Says:


    Hood works with solar for a living. I had this same conversation with him a while back about having a system that does not feed back into the grid. Anyhow, he would be someone to talk to.

  22. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Does that mean Demonoid will go to?

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    well done, internet.

  24. butter Says:

    cool, Thx Rooster

    everyone and there mother has a solar company out here, but its like sharks smelling blood when mentioning a solar job our here

    just want to keep these people honest and build my own knowledge

  25. rivertrance Says:

    laterz kids

    going to pretend I actually work for my paycheck
    been fun

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